Chibok Schoolgirlsâ€™ Parents Blast Jonathan
Two-hundred and sixty-two days after their
daughters were kidnapped from school,
some of the distraught parents of the
students of Government Secondary School,
Chibok, Borno State, on Thursday criticised
President Goodluck Jonathan for not fulfilling
his promise to rescue the girls from the
custody of Boko Haram.
The abduction of the 219 girls from their
hostel at night on April 14, 2014 has attracted
global outrage and the President had
promised several times that the girls would
be rescued alive.
Nine of the abducted girlsâ€™ parents, during
their meeting with the #BringBackOurGirls
group on Thursday in Abuja, carpeted the
President for failing to bring back the
The leader of the parents, Rev. Mark Enoch,
accused the government of having a hand in
the abduction of the girls, noting that the
principal of the school in Chibok had, few
hours before the abduction, locked the girls in
their hostel and warned them not to leave.
Enoch explained that the relatives of the
principal and the school matron were able to
rescue their daughters from the sect, leaving
other girls in captivity.
â€œThis is intentional, the hand of government
is in the kidnapping; we want the
government to bring back our girls. If they
cannot do it alone, they should seek the
assistance of the United Nations and some
advanced countries, the distressed father
The cleric, who appreciated the BBOG for not
giving up on the girls, noted that but for the
activities of the coalition, the issue of the girls
would have been forgotten given the remote
location of the Chibok community.
Another parent, Mrs. Samuel Abana, asked
the President to fulfil the promise he made in
July, 2014, when he met with the parents at
the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President
had told the parents that the government
would secure the release of the girls.
Abana, who broke down in tears while
speaking, recalled that the Federal
Government had initially denied the abduction
before Jonathan met with the parents and
pledged to rescue their daughters.
â€œI want to remind the President of his
promise when he met with us; he
promised to rescue our daughters, he
said he would bring the girls back, but
six months later, there is no result. Mr.
President, will you fail to rescue them,
if your daughter is abducted? If you
canâ€™t do it alone, invite the United
Nations to come and rescue our
daughters,â€ she said.
Another parent, Bulama Jonah, recalled how
the school principal sent his daughter home
because she had not paid N300 for
testimonial certificate, adding that the girls
had just two subjects to do in their
examinations before they were taken away
by their abductors.
â€œThe saddest thing was that my
daughter was sent home because of
N300 just a day before she was
kidnapped; I gave her the money for
her testimonial and she went back to
school only for her to be abducted,â€ he
Mrs. Martha Enoch said she was tired of
governmentâ€™s failed promises, and urged it to
take whatever action was necessary to
rescue the seized girls.
â€œGovernment kept saying they would
bring back the girls, but if they canâ€™t
bring them alive, they should bring their
dead bodies,â€ she stated.
The BBOG lamented the failure of the
President to mention the issue of the Chibok
girls in his New Year broadcast, stressing that
it showed that the government did not care
Few days after the girls were abducted, Boko
Haram claimed responsibility for the
kidnapping. It released a video of the girls
while the sectâ€™s leader, Abubakar Shekau,
boasted that the young girls, most of who
were said to be Christians, had been
converted to Islamic religion and that they
would be given out in marriages at a token.
While unconfirmed reports said that some of
the girls had died of snake bite in the forest
where they were kept, a handful had escaped
from the insurgentsâ€™ captivity.
The United Nations in August had announced
rehabilitation facilities for the escaped Chibok
In a statement on the UN website, the United
Nations Population Fund had said that it was
working in collaboration with the World
Health Organisation and the United Nations
Childrenâ€™s Fund to set up clinics to provide
health screening for any of the girls coming
back, as well as educating those who had
The representative of the UNFPA in Nigeria,
Ms. Rati Ndhlovu, had also been quoted as
saying, â€œThe girls are running from home
and they have no menstruation pads and
have nothing to use. They need water.
They need the basic things that keep a
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